An Impact Press book
Published: 1 April 2018
ISBN ePUB: 978-1-925384-42-0
Anne Connor is an award-winning Melbourne writer. For over two decades she has worked in the writing space, with articles appearing in The Age, Business Review Weekly and various lifestyle and industry magazines. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and received awards in short story competitions. Anne headed up a marketing and communications consultancy for nine years, and has studied creative writing at Deakin and the University of Oxford. Two Generations is her debut memoir.
A memoir of secrets, forgiveness and my father
By Anne Connor
Lae. New Guinea 1943. Jock Connor is part of a regiment sent to set up a base camp at the Butibum River. During an Inspection of Arms, Jock’s Owen sub-machine gun accidentally discharges, killing his twenty-two year old friend and fellow soldier, Joseph Forrester. It's an event that will hold deep ramifications for years to come.
On his return to civilian life Jock’s wife, Bess, is faced with a new version of her husband– a man emotionally wounded and spiritually broken, and a father who is short-tempered and withdrawn. When Anne Connor delves into her father’s past two decades after his death, she learns about this tragic event for the first time, and begins to tease out the compelling story of her mother and father.
Based on a true story, Two Generations weaves a tale of romance, hardship and resilience, in an intimate and imaginative retelling of the lasting effect of secrets on a family, and the greater impact of the Second World War on northern Australia.